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this morning on "early today," troubled waters. as the mississippi river takes aim at new orleans, some experts say the worst flooding is yet to come. mind of a murderer, u.s. officials examine the private journals of al qaeda mastermind osama bin laden. how is this for a cookie keepsake? for a price, you can own the keepsake? for a price, you can own the royal wedding's most mocked hat. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a wave of fear. in the midst of the worst flooding seen in some parts for a generation, rising waters along the bloated mississippi river are continuing to push downstream, forcing some very difficult decisions in louisiana. nbc's jay grey reports. >> reporter: a frantic rush to stay ahead of the flood waters continues in yazoo city, mississippi. >> we're trying to keep the water out of the house. >> the house is losing right now in tunica. the city's nine casinos have been swallowed by the water, taking away 9,000 jobs for now and $87 million in revenues. >> this is the flood of a generation. nobody has ever seen water this high and it's likely nobody will again. this is a monumental flood. >> reporter: down river, crews
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rush to finish a levee bracing for the possibility that the army core of inge nears will open the woganza spillway, putting 13,000 structures and 25,000 people in jeopardy. >> they keep sage huge and immense. it's hard to describe how much water is in the system. it's the most that's ever been in the system. >> reporter: a system already stretched past its limits with more water on the way. jay grey, nbc news, tunica, mississippi. a personal journal found in the raid that killed osama bin laden is giving an inside look at the al qaeda leader's disturbing vision to kill more americans. officials say that the journal shows bin laden kept pressuring his followers to find more ways to hit the u.s., going after trains as well as planes all with the hopes of killing as
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many americans as possible in a single attack. meanwhile, oklahoma senator james inhass has become a first senator to see photos of bin laden's corpse pep describes them as gruesome. but he said the photos left no doubt saying, quote, it was clear that it was him. within hours of libyan leader moammar gadhafi's first appearance in 11 days, his city suffered setbacks and the capital was bombed. yesterday was the first video seen of the ruler since air strikes last month which the regime claims was an attempt on his life. earlier yesterday in tripoli, explosions rocked the capital in the direction of the neighborhood where gadhafi's compound is located. wednesday, rebel forces gained full control of the hotly contested city of misrata and
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its airport. some spain, at least ten people are dead after a pair of earthquakes rocked the southeastern part of the country wednesday. the rare quake, a magnitude 4.4 and the other 5.2, struck within two hours of one another near the ancient town of lorca. dozens were injured, homes collapsed and there was major damage to centuries old buildings including a church steeple that was crumbled. it was spain's highest quake related death toll in more than 50 years. and now here is a look at some other stories making news early today in america. authorities have released security video from just over a year ago showing a navy s.e.a.l. on a violent rampage near the las vegas strip. he randomly attacked people with a metal pipe hitting several. the 23-year-old says he does not remember the attack.
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his trial begins in august. police in california say high gas prices have led to a rash of gas station hikes. thieves are shown loading thousands of gallons of gas into a truck with hidden gas tanks. love is being spread all over south florida, but drivers are having a hard time feeling it. this is gross. a love bug infestation is in full swing. swarms of the insects are turning up everywhere, causing drivers to pull into rest stom stops just to clean off cars. officials say love bug season will likely last until the end of june, unfortunately. in colorado, it looks like spring took a bit of a break. a snowstorm blanketed the northern part of the state dropping several inches of slushy snow. it produced terrible road
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conditions, forcing drivers to break out their shovels once again just when we thought waits all over. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is nbc meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. what gives, bill? >> it's not nice, i know. the most unpopular man in television. >> people in the mountains of colorado, they know not until june are you completely safe. let's show you what happened yesterday. we were expecting a severe weather outbreak. we had a widespread one. we didn't have any big, huge tornados that did a lot of destruction. the town of lennox, iowa, was the worst of it. that's where we had 12 reported tornados. a lot of damaging wind and hail yesterday, but we didn't really have a concentrated area. so that was good. we made it through that severe weather event yesterday. now, this storm system hasn't moved much. we're going to see some of the same areas with storms today. our storm system will be drifting during the day today. only one thunderstorm complex
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really moving this morning and that's down towards the flooded areas in louisiana. we are watching some of the heavy rain now approaching louisiana. but the flooded areas are over here by the mississippi. so these are going to stay a little over towards the west today. here in the shreveport area, definitely a wet commute for you. as far as the forecast goes today, severe weatherwise, we shouldn't be watching it too bad. isolated severe storms in this area of yellow. that's a look at your national forecast. now here is a look at the weather outside your window. thunderstorms also possible later today in the ohio valley. a few of those could have large hail with them. pittsburgh and cincinnati, it's one of those deals where it's not going to rain all day, but when the storms roll through, it will be pretty intense for a short period of time. lynn, i can't stress enough for everyone on the east coast all the bad stuff in the middle of the country heading our way. >> just in time for the weekend. all right, bill, thank you. gas demand drops, oil tumbles, silver dives and
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vladimir putin's drive eventually. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, we'll tell you what will smith did to create outrage in the big apple. coming up, the heat are too much for the celtics, carmelo anthony has a new bet and why is chad ochosino full of bull? you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning. in syria yesterday, at least 18 people died in the fighting between protesters and the army. for seven weeks now, activists have been trying to oust the country's president from power. another leak has been found at japan's damaged nuclear plant. the facilities operator says the
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new spill, which may have sent radioactive water into the sea, has been sealed. some exciting medical news, scientists believe they've discovered stem cells in the lung. when injected into mice, these human cells were able to rebuild tissues within the organ. while the finding provides hope in the battle of lung diseases, experts stress more research is needed. in florence, italy, archaeologists have begun digging for the remains of the woman who is believed to be the model for leonardo da vin see's mona lisa. research hes hope to find the belongsing and compare it to the famous painting. and good will has come out of that highly mocked hat princess beatrice wore to the wedding. she's auctioning off the hat. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off
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the day. the dow opens at 12,630 after falling 130 points yesterday. the s&p drops 15 points. the nasdaq lost 26. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei sank 147 points while in hong kong the hang seng fell 218. wall street's three-day rally came to a screeching halt wednesday as signs high gas prices are taking a toll. and it set off another sell-off in commodities. demand for gas fell by the largest amount in seven weeks, a signal consumers are cutting back. that is slowing growth worries, setting off a chain reaction. oil tumbled back below $100 a barrel. gas futures fell almost 8%. in fact, trade was halted after fast falling prices tripped a five-minute circuit breaker, the first time that's happened since the 2008 financial crisis.
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energy stocks had the steepest fall of all ten industries on the s&p 500. silver hit hard last week, dropped almost 8%. other meltses fell, pounding material stocks. the dollar and bond prices rose as traders moved into safer assets. the euro sank against the dollar. jitters had already set in earlier over another sign of slowing growth as china's industrial output eased more than expected in april. there were positives, the government estimates corn supply forecast to strength will actually grow. and that's expected to help bring down super market costs across the board. also on the bright side, companies in march advertised the most jobs since the peak of the financial crisis. finally, prime minister vladimir putin's visit yesterday to a struggling russian automaker could have gone smoother. with the media looking on, putin repeatedly was trying to start the latest model, russia's
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notoriously unreliable car from soviet days. timely, he got it going, blaming himself, not the car. the rookie rocks the yankees, thunder dominates memphis and the latest adventure of chad ocho cinco. plus, lebron and the heat earn their day knocking the celtics out of the playoffs. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. in weather, not much has changed. pretty nice on the east coast, pretty nice on the west coast, all the stormy weather is right in the middle. your forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, they are basketball's best team money can buy. last night, miami heat fans got their money's worth. here is nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. it is the end of an era for the celtics and spurs. heat eliminated the correct wes a fourth quarter rally. miami caught fire in the fourth. chris bosh tied the game at 87. lebron james took over, gets back to back three-pointers. boston simply fell apart down the stretch. james with the steal and the finishing touches. heat ended the game on a desize it 16-0 run.
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miami won it, 97-87 leaving the celts with more questions than answers this off season. o.t. this time between the thunder and grizzlies. oklahoma city took an early lead and kept it going the entire game. this much of a blowout. thunder took a 3-2 series lead with a 99-72 win. in baseball, it was a night to remember for eric holzmer. in the 11th, he put casey on top with a sack fly to center. great day for the family and the royals, they won it 4-3 in 11. the bengal's oshaosinceo is enjoying the nfl lockout. he's trading in his for bull moves. if he stays on for eight seconds, he'll win a truck and earn the right to rename the
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bull. carmelo anthony has a new pet. in this case, man's best friend is a camel. carmelo tweeted, everybody has dogs and cats as pets. i have a campbell. the nets are hoping to get over the hump this season, but this is ridiculous. no word on the camel's name, but we're calling it cam-ellow. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. who may be taking over on tv for charlie sheen? your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, a second fugitive on the loose from new york's bronx zoo has been appear hebded. you're watching "early today." p. you're watching "early today." r. you're watching "early today." e hebded. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back on this thursday morning. if you're watching us on wbnt, that's richmond 12 virginia and other areas out here in the mid-atlantic, you're going to have a beautiful day today. no problems at all. all the bad weather heads towards the east coast as we head towards the upcoming weekend. thunderstorms for chicago and minneapolis. san antonio today. as we mentioned tomorrow, that begins to head to areas like atlanta. so our friends there in richmond, your event of the day, here are original compositions with a latin sound at the jazz cafe at the virginia museum of fine arts. that's your "early today" event of the day. >> bill, thank you.
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now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. those who would argue the law is no different for celebrities took a bit hit yesterday at lindsay lohan's jewelry sentencing for theft. lohan will serve only 14 days of her 120-dayprobation violation sentence and she gets to do that at home, wearing an ankle bracelet. the judge did add psychological and shoplifting counseling. elsewhere, reports say hugh grant has been in negotiations to take charlie sheen's place on "two and a half men." some reports say talk ves stalled and others that grant has turned down the role. will smith has been accused of getting piggy with it. shooting men three, wills has been accused of parking a titanic luxury trailer despite
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having a apartment nearby. it has a lounge, movie room, offices, a bedroom and all granite bathroom was moved after complaints. it's so depressing when someone's trailer is nicer than your apartment. >> he supersized it. >> yes, he did. he's will smith. and this comes to us from wnbc 4 new york in new york city. where one feathered hugive has landed back home after flying the coop. a pea hen, the second bronx zoo escapee in less than two months has been recaptured. missing since monday, the birds escaped, produced headlines, even a twitter account, similar to the zoo's original escapee, mia, the missing cobra. her life on the lamb came to an
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end in a zoo and they all lived happily ever after. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everyone. it looks like another beautiful day today. temperatures will be in the 70's again. 53 right now at the airport. 55 in westminster. there is some fog in some neighborhoods. a high temperature expected around 74 today. things will change as we go into
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the weekend. >> 54 degrees on tv hill. here's a look ahead to 11 news today. >> massive flooding in the south. >> out with the birther issue and onto something now. is donald trump running? >> there is an early-morning accident in mount airy. we'll check for curtis: welcome back to geico radio,
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[captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. >> and i am stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> tony pann has a check of the forecast. >> there is not a lot to talk about today. it will get more active tomorrow. we will get into a more active pattern this weeken


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